The Ultimate Juicer - Making Healthy Snacks at Home

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Making healthier choices everyday is sometimes a struggle for moms! We’re always on the go, have so little extra time and we often prioritize ourselves last. I’m always looking for tools and hacks that can help me indulge in the things I love the most, but that are simple and easy to use. I was so excited to get my hands on a Hurom juicer. I’ve heard so many amazing things about the machine and I couldn’t wait to experience it first hand!

I’ve heard that they are easy to clean, can make juices, smoothies AND ice cream (certain models) and they are absolutely gorgeous (so no need to try to hide it in a drawer when you’re not using it). They come in the most gorgeous colors, from rose gold to silver to black, so you’re guaranteed to find a model that fits in perfectly with your home’s style!

I tried the Hurom HZ Slow Juicer. It’s Hurom’s top-of-the-line juicer, made in stainless steel. It has a patented Slow Squeeze Technology that mimics that motion of a hand squeezing juice, so you’re guaranteed to have fresh juice that remains in its most natural state (and therefore packed with all the nutrients that you want your juice to have)! This juicer has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a top-of-the-line juicer, such as a control lever and a fine and coarse strainer that allow you to control the amount of pulp in your juice, as well as parts that are made from quality materials. You feel it the minute you start to unbox it - the pieces are sturdy, heavy and able to withstand daily use (because it’s so amazing you’ll want to use it every day)!

One thing I noticed immediately, was how the pulp that came out of the machine was dry! I have a cheaper brand of juicer and I always feel like I’m wasting fruits and veggies because the pulp is wet, fleshy and filled with wasted juice! This is a problem I didn’t have with my Hurom!

As a busy mom on the go, one of my favorite features is how easy it was to clean. Other juicers that I have tried leak on my floor, take SO long to disassemble and wash and take forever to dry. The top fo this juicer detaches easily from the base, so it can be put in the sink, there is no leaking while you carry it, it comes apart in under 1 minute, and can be washed just as quickly! I major bonus was that is came with a drying rack so that I don’t have wet pieces all over my counter!

The Hurom HZ Slow Juicer works on everything you can imagine! Fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious cold-pressed juices, milk, tofu, and more. I decided to try it out and make a juice and then ice cream! fruits, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and soybeans to create nutritious cold-pressed juices, milk, tofu, and more. I still can’t decide which I preferred! I made a delicious peach juice and added some sparkling water for an extra refreshing summer drink!

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I added some sparkling water to my peach juice and it was DELICIOUS!

I added some sparkling water to my peach juice and it was DELICIOUS!

My juice was so delicious that I decided to make an ice cream smoothie bowl next! All you need is yogurt and frozen fruit! You’ll see below how incredible my smoothie bowl turned out! My final verdict? 10/10. This machine literally does it ALL. Smoothies, ice cream and slow pressed juice - there’s no reason to ever own another machine. It’s such good quality, so easy to clean and use, and the bonus is that it’s gorgeous too! Click here to visit Hurom’s website and check out the rest of their juicers!

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Can you believe I made this with a juicer?

Can you believe I made this with a juicer?

Not So Terrible Twos Thanks to My First Bear Paws

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Dare’s My First Bear Paws and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Oh Terrible Twos, how I dreaded you for SO long. Before I knew it, my first born was 2 years old and here I was waiting for the storm to hit. It’s been quite the adventure so far (he’s now 2.5 years old) but we’re surviving and with smiles on our faces (most of the time!). It really hasn’t been as bad as everyone promised, and I think a lot of it has to do with being prepared for whatever hits! I’m sharing below my top 2 tips for surviving the “not so terrible twos” so that you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying all of the firsts!

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Keep them busy and give them their independence: A stimulated toddler is a happy toddler... and a toddler that can make their own decisions is an even happy toddler! I try, as best as I can, to let Zane explore, be independent and enjoy all of the “firsts” that come along with growing up! Since turning 2, he’s had so many fun firsts and I can’t wait to see what happens next! He picked out his clothes for daycare for the first time, he has his first girlfriend (her name is Emma), he had his first concert at daycare where they learned to sing over 10 songs and he even decided he wanted to start picking out his own snacks. It’s no surprise to me that he chose My First Bear Paws, and I’m not complaining! They’re delicious and made with only 5 grams of sugar per serving!

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If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you know that they’ve been our go-to snack for over a year. They were the first snack that we ever gave Zane, and they are the only snack we trust! He loves them now as much as he loved them back then!

This is from when Zane was 1.5 years old! My First Bear Paws were our choice of snack even back then!

This is from when Zane was 1.5 years old! My First Bear Paws were our choice of snack even back then!

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Always be prepared with snacks: With a growing toddler, comes the days where you feel like all they’re doing is eating! As a mom on the go, it’s so important to have snacks on hand that can easily fit in my diaper bag or purse! I also need snacks that I don’t need to convince my son to eat (no one has time for tantrums when you’re on the go!). I love that My First Bear Paws come in convenient portable packs and that Zane loves them! The vanilla flavour is sweet enough that he feels it’s a treat, but with no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavours and 8 grams of whole grains, I feel great about feeding them to him. They’re a great snack to bring along for their first swimming lesson, their first time down the slide alone at the park (they’re so delicious, they’ll probably help him make some new friends at the park too!) Zane can hold the pack himself, they’re fun-shaped and fun-sized and the portions are the perfect size for his growing body. We love to pair them with fresh fruit and sit outside for our after-daycare snack! Where do you enjoy your My First Bear Paws?

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Fave 3 Low Carb Keto Products of the Week!

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I'm going to try to round up my fave Keto products every week and share them here! If you try them, leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!

1. KETO COFFEE

Ok confession time - I would not have survived my first week without this. It tastes delicious, is SO easy to make and it helps jumpstart you into ketosis and get that fat burning started! When I started my mornings with a Keto Coffee, I felt on track and ready to stick to my diet. If you're serious about your diet, I recommend buying a pack of 4 - you'll save money and not run out at the end of the month. I chose to have one every morning, but you could also alternate with your regular coffee and have one every other day! Click here for more info!

2. NUTIVA COCONUT FLOUR

With high protein and finer but low carbs, this flour will become your best friend in the kitchen. This week, most of my dinners were cooked with coconut flour! I was able to bread my chicken breast and even make cheese biscuits without the added carbs from regular flour. I totally recommend making coconut flour a staple in your kitchen during your Keto Diet. I used the Nutiva one because of the low carbs, but I'm sure there are other awesome ones out there too! Let me know below if you have a fave.

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3. All Yum Onion Chips

These Sea Salt Onion Chips were a saviour this week when I wanted nothing more than to sit on my couch and devour a bag of popcorn. They are delicious, gluten free, low in carbs and a perfect treat to curb your cravings for starchy foods! My fave was the Ranch flavour. Click here to visit their site!

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Stay tuned for next week when I'll be sharing more of my fave Keto products!

Urthbox - the Healthy Snack Subscription Box!

You can use code: MRSNEWMOMMTL10 for $10 off your order from UrthBox

Healthy and non-GMO snacks delivered right to my door every month? Yes please! UrthBox makes it possible to have Vegan, Classic, Diet or Gluten-Free full-size snacks and beverages delivered monthly! You simply sign up online, choose the type of box you want and the amount of snacks you want to receive and you wait impatiently for the delicious treats to arrive :). It doesn't stop there though... by signing up to the UrthBox subscription, you get coupons and discount codes to repurchase the stuff you love AND you earn loyalty points that can be redeemed at the UrthBox Shop! 

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You can use code: MRSNEWMOMMTL10 for $10 off your order from UrthBox

I was SO surprised at the amount/quality/size of the products that were delivered (if you're interested in seeing in more detail what I received, head over to my Instagram page and check out my Urthbox unboxing in my Story Highlights)! I requested the Diet UrthBox because my healthy eating New Years resolution is not going very well lol... and the products I received included Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Chewie Fruities, Advanced Recovery Formula, All Natural Sleep Aid, Coconut Granola, Vegan Gluten-Free and Soy Free Gum, Organic Fruit Gel and MUCH more. The only downside to receiving my UrthBox is that I am now obsessed and can not go a month without it LOL. I love that every month I will be surprised with healthy snacks and I love that I get to discover brands and items that I might have otherwise never tried! They even have an option where you can give a subscription as a gift! #bestgiftidea

You can use code: MRSNEWMOMMTL10 for $10 off your order! Click here to visit the UrthBox website.